James Davidson: Pagans, Jews and Christians, 2 March 2000
Show More A World Full of Gods: Pagans, Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire by Keith Hopkins.
Weidenfeld, 402 pp., £25, November 1999, 0 297 81982 8Show More
“... to 25 December, at the end of a year corresponding to 1 BC, that all those fireworks, a few weeks ago, were marking his 2000th birthday in a meaningful way, that his mother was a virgin, that he rode into Jerusalem on an ass? Well, I am afraid all of that is almost certainly not true. These are late inventions, designed to fit what Old Testament ...”